[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [why this matters]
Is he rebuked for it, either directly (by a character onscreen) or indirectly (by how it is depicted)? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Riko Sakaguchi) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A story about a girl with a playful appreciation of life who grows into a young woman who resists the constraints her culture places on her because of her gender and the idealization she is subjected to, this is a true girl’s own tale.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Check out my rating of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.